Documentary Filmmaker / Journalist
Rajnesh Sharma is a Canadian documentary filmmaker and journalist, who has extensively traveled the world to experience various cultures. She has lived and worked internationally over the past decade, meeting and interviewing some fascinating personalities. She is interested in discovering the world through different perspectives and sharing stories that provide insights into the human condition.
While doing a 4 day motorbike excursion around central Laos, I eventually reached one of the most isolated and distant villages in the Bolaven Plateau. It was a village, where inhabitants believed in the power of black magic and animism. I met a young 31 year old man named Hook. He shared his world and I became fascinated with his story.
This is a story about a struggle that I am sure many of us have dealt with, are dealing with or will deal with in the future; the struggle of tradition vs self . It is also a film showing the powerful influence a culture has on an individual’s psyche.
♦ Featured at the Emerging Lens Film Festival (2019)
The Stilt Artist
Vanessa Furlong has been suffering from depression and anxiety since adolescence. As a circus artist she has found a creative outlet to deal with her mental illness issues. Now, Vanessa is determined to make a difference for other disabled circus artists. In this inspiring story, Vanessa illustrates her strong belief in normalizing disability within the circus arts.
Read the CBC News article here.
♦ Featured on CBC Nova Scotia (2019)
Rolling Without Fear
Fear is something that may stop people from achieving their goals. However, for Thiruvarangan Thirunimalan, despite his disability he continues to overcome obstacles and live his travel dream.
♦ Featured at the Bluenose Ability Film Festival (2018)